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SEMINAR – GAAFAR ELSOURI « OMDURMAN 1956-1969 : A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE ‘NATIONAL CAPITAL' »

We are very pleased to announce CEDEJ Khartoum next Seminar on « Omdurman (1956-1969) : a social history of the ‘national capital' » by Gaafar Elsouri, on Tuesday 14 August- 5pm

 

Through Omdurman’s Town Planning Board’s sources and oral testimonies of the town’s inhabitants, Gaafar Elsouri will share his Master thesis research on the social history of Omdurman and of the birth and creation of the imaginary of a ‘national capital’ in the early years of Sudan as an independent State.

Gaafar Elsouri is a graduate student in History and Civilization with a specialization on the history of the Global South, at Paris 7 Diderot University.

Call for Papers: Fourth ACSS Conference « Power, Borders and Ecologies in Arab Societies: Practices and Imaginaries »

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is pleased to announce its fourth conference, titled “Power, Borders and Ecologies in Arab Societies: Practices and Imaginaries” to be held in Beirut, Lebanon on April 12-14, 2019.

The Fourth ACSS Conference will be organized around the following three major axes:

  1. Power, Actors and the Political
  2. Borders, Migrations and Displacement
  3. Ecologies, Societies and Violence

Application Instructions

The ACSS invites proposals for individual paper presentations and organized panels.

1) Individual Papers
To submit a paper proposal, please complete the online application form including an abstract of 1 page (or approximately 500 words).

2) Organized Panels
To submit a panel proposal (3-4 papers), please fill out the online application form including an abstract of 1 page (or approximately 500 words).

Application Deadline: September 10, 2018

Find more information here.

Postdoctoral position – IFRA IBADAN, Nigeria

L’IFRA-Nigeria recrute pour septembre 2019 un(e) nouveau/elle chercheur(e) contractuel(le) en sciences humaines et sociales.

Le/la chercheur(e), titulaire d’un doctorat en sciences humaines et sociales et fort(e) d’une expérience de recherche en Afrique sub-saharienne, travaillera à l’élaboration de programmes de recherche, notamment dans les domaines suivants : Dynamiques religieuses, Villes et environnement, Mobilisations et identités. Il/elle participera également à l’animation scientifique et pédagogique de l’Institut et à sa gestion administrative aux cotés de la directrice.

Il s’agit d’un contrat de deux ans renouvelable jusqu’à 4 ans en poste.  Ce poste est ouvert aux candidats de nationalité française ou ressortissant d’un autre pays de l’Union européenne, de l’espace économique européen, de la Suisse ou de Monaco.

La procédure de candidature est ouverte jusqu’au 15 octobre 2018 au soir.

Toutes les informations utiles sont disponibles dans la fiche de poste ci-jointe.

OBSERVATOIRE AFRIQUE DE L’EST – Dernières notes

Découvrez les dernières notes de l’Observatoire par ici : http://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/fr/content/observatoire-de-l-afrique-de-l-est

  • Markus Hoehne, « Elections in Somaliland 2017 and their Aftermath », Avril 2018

Summary: In November 2017, a presidential election was held in Somaliland. This report focuses on the technical and political aspects of the most recent voters-registration and the election. For the first time in Somaliland’s history (and even world-wide), biometric technology in the form of iris scanners was used to diminish multiple voting. This report also looks at the immediate aftermaths of the election. The result of the election was contested, which led to tensions and some violent confrontations between the supporters of the main opposition party that had lost and the government forces. The report concludes by outlining report concludes by outlining the main political and economic challenges currently existing in Somaliland.

  • Roland Marchal, « Mutations géopolitiques et rivalités d’Etats: la Corne de l’Afrique prise dans la crise du Golfe », Mars 2018

Résumé: Le déclenchement de la crise du Golfe en juin 2017 a profondément affecté les pays de l’autre rive de la mer Rouge, en dépit souvent d’une neutralité affichée mais privée de tout contenu. Cette militarisation des politiques de voisinage ne produit pas pour autant un nouvel ordre régional plus cohérent ou apaisé. Au contraire. Mais, au-delà des péripéties de cette crise, on voit poindre de nouvelles politiques internationales portées par d’autres puissances émergentes comme la Turquie et surtout la Chine, voire à terme la Russie.

Seminar – Zachary Mondesire « South Sudan and the Politics of Region-craft »

We are very pleased to announce CEDEJ Khartoum next Seminar on « South Sudan and the Politics of Region-craft » by Zachary Mondesire, on Thursday 19 July- 11 am

 

The seminar will focus on the new nation of South Sudan and what it now means to be South Sudanese in Africa. First, Zachary Mondesire will draw from his MA thesis that outlines the ideologies of racial difference that circulate in Juba defining relationships between South Sudanese themselves as well as with others from the region, whether northward to Khartoum or southward to Nairobi. These ideas emerged from three months of ethnographic research in 2017 in a modest hotel in Juba that operated as a site of refuge during the still-ongoing civil war and hosted Africans of multiple nationalities (Eritreans, Somalis, Ugandans, and South Sudanese of multiple backgrounds). Thinking through the linkages that his interlocutors made between race and national identity led him to ask (1) how Arab positionality, Khartoum, and Sudan continue to be relevant in South Sudanese political community and (2) given the multi-polar racial thinking of his interlocutors that envisions a racial and political geography much broader than the nation-state, what other forms of political community exist beyond the nation-state and towards the idea of multi-state region and how can his research account for them? The second piece of this paper is the conceptualization of Zachary Mondesire’s dissertation research project that will attempt to answer these questions.

Zachary Mondesire is a Ph.D. student in the Anthropology Department at the University of California – Los Angeles. His research focuses on South Sudanese journalists, politicians, and intellectuals in Khartoum and Nairobi, exploring how they think through regional belonging, race, and political community between East and North Africa.

Call for papers « Inequality and social cohesion » – 13th International conference of the AFD, Paris

The Agence Française de Développement’s Research Department is organizing a high-level conference every two years. The aim of the conference is to bring together leading academics and policy-makers to discuss key issues in development economics. Over the last years, the AFD’s International Conference has brought up to debate crucial topics such as “Evaluation and its discontents” in 2012, “Energy for Development” in 2014 and “Commons and Development” in 2016.

The next edition of the conference will be held on December 6th and 7th 2018 in Paris and will be focused on inequality, social cohesion and development.

For AFD, fighting inequalities is a mean to improve the society in which we want to live in. In our view, research and actions to fight inequalities are in a constant development that needs a further understanding and must be taken into consideration by all the actors in the society. The AFD has been engaged for some years now to understand the stakes of inequality in order to better address this challenge. The conference’s objective is therefore to contribute to the growing knowledge on inequality, by bringing together practices and research carried out at a global scale.

The 6th of December will be dedicated to a scientific day for which we welcome papers investigating the issue of inequality and social cohesion in developing and emerging countries. Key topics include:

  • Fiscal redistribution
  • Sustainability
  • The link between social inclusion, social cohesion and economic inequality

A selection of the papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Income Distribution.

The 7th of December will the dedicated to plenary sessions for which some of the confirmed invited speakers include:

▪ Gaël Giraud (AFD)

▪ Janet Gornick (CUNY-LIS Stone Center)

▪ François Bourguignon (PSE)

▪ James Galbraith (University of Texas)

▪ Murray Leibbrand (University of Cape Town)

▪ Branko Milanovic (CUNY-LIS Stone Center)

▪ Frances Stewart (University of Oxford)

▪ Alice Evans (King’s College)

Submission guidelines and timetable:

For the academic day, we are launching a call for papers (detailed information in the attached document). The deadline for application is August 20th, 23:59, Central European Time (UTC+01:00). Papers must be sent to conference_inequality2018@afd.fr , with the subject “Application – Call for Papers”, imperatively.

Please note that we will only be accepting COMPLETED papers in English or French, with a short abstract of 150 words. The presentation of the selected papers will be exclusively in English.

Decisions will be communicated by October 5th, 2018.

Travel and accommodation will be covered for a very limited number of participants originating from South countries and affiliated to South institutions. These participants will be selected based on the quality of their papers (best scores from the scientific committee) and will be contacted by email by October 5th. For those concerned, please attach the three following documents: a small letter explaining why you fit in the criteria, a passport copy and a proof of affiliation to the South institution.

Post Doctoral Research Position « Living in cities with terror: effects of diffuse terrorism on urban atmospheres » – Paris

This postdoctoral position is part of the broader research project Living in cities with terror: effects of diffuse terrorism on urban atmospheres, funded by Initiative d’excellence Paris//Seine and hosted at MRTE Research Group (University of Cergy-Pontoise), in partnership with the Universities of Birmingham (UK), Plymouth (UK) and Heidelberg (GER), since September 2017.

This project aims to understand the ‘weight’ of the threat of terrorism upon city dwellers’ daily experience of urban spaces in European metropolises. A first challenge of the project is to examine how this threat influences urban environments by acting on individuals, their behavior and their representations. The second issue, which is relevant to the first, concerns the understanding of the apparatus of urban security by considering the co-implication of the discourses and practices of public and private actors and the feeling of security experienced by city dwellers. The central hypothesis of the project is that urban environments have a capacity to translate this relation.

The research is conducted on three European countries, France, England and Germany, which have different histories in relation to the terrorist threat. It is conducted in two major phases: 1) the analysis of security policies, and 2) sensory ethnographies in selected cities.

Position details:

The post-doc will hold a full research position (100%) on this study. He/she will join an interdisciplinary, international research team (French, Italian, British, German), and will be responsible to carry out a part of this study across the above mentioned phases.

The post-doc will:

  • Participate (with the other members of the research team) in the analysis of security policies, on the French field and on one of the two other fields. This analysis focuses on a body of legal documents, political speeches, and press articles. Participation in the writing of the synthesis. (30%)
  • Construct, conduct and analysis of an ethnographic field survey of inhabitants of the research fields (at least in France and England, Germany if possible). Production of a written summary of this original survey. (70%)
Candidate profile:

PhD in geography, urban studies, sociology, or anthropology, with a preference for a background in sensory, atmospheres and affect related research. The ability to carry out large-scale ethnographic research, including skills for qualitative analysis (applied to broad documentary corpuses as well as to interviews/observations) is required. Prior experience with sensory and non-representational methodologies, as well as knowledge of the field of critical security studies are very welcome.

The post-doc must be fluent in written and spoken French. Good command of written and spoken English is also expected. Ability to speak and/or read in German would be a plus.

Practical information:

Starting date: October 2018
Contract duration: 12 months
Rate of activity: 100%
Location: MRTE Research Group, University of Cergy-Pontoise, Cergy (Greater Paris)
Salary: 2900 € monthly gross (2300 € monthly neat)

Application:

To apply, please send the following documents before the 20th July 2018:
• Curriculum Vitae (detailed)
• A letter explaining your interest in the project
• PhD Thesis or significant publications (max 3)
• Copy of the PhD degree

Any enquiries should be addressed to Damien Masson (Associate Professor in Urban Studies, MRTE) the supervisor : damien.masson@u-cergy.fr

Appel à contribution « Monde arabe et diplomaties parallèles » – Colloque annuel du CCMO – Paris, Automne 2018

Ébranlé par les soulèvements populaires de 2011, le monde arabe a vécu une séquence appelée à le marquer, en tant que tel et dans son rapport au monde. Pourtant, après une (re)découverte des sociétés, de leurs dynamiques et des registres de mobilisations d’acteurs non- étatiques, nombre d’analyses sont rapidement retombées dans des logiques plus traditionnelles.

Tout d’abord, le monde arabe est présenté successivement comme un ensemble de territoires colonisés ; un enjeu de la Guerre froide ; ou encore le terrain d’expression d’intérêts exogènes – énergétiques, économiques, stratégiques voire religieux. Objet d’un « Grand jeu » aux effets multiples, le monde arabe peine à s’imposer comme acteur à part entière. À l’inverse, perçu comme producteur de conflits, de réfugiés, voire d’extrémisme, il doit être « stabilisé » afin de devenir plus prévisible.

En second lieu, la majorité des études concernent les relations interétatiques, sans entrer dans l’analyse de la fabrique décisionnelle à l’intérieur des administrations. L’attention est dès lors portée sur les intérêts nationaux, la construction de politiques étrangères rationnelles, et sur les interactions qui peuvent être observées dans des cadres bi- ou multilatéraux. Les appareils diplomatiques sont au centre de ces travaux.

Enfin, le monde arabe connaît un traitement par crises. Ces approches tendent à privilégier une vision statique des intérêts des acteurs en présence, éludant souvent les évolutions sur le long terme et les dynamiques.

Si toutes ces approches contiennent leur part de vérité, nous souhaitons les compléter. Aussi le colloque annuel du Cercle des Chercheurs sur le Moyen Orient a-t-il choisi de traiter des « diplomaties parallèles » mises en œuvre dans et avec le monde arabe. Fonction traditionnellement régalienne, la diplomatie est aujourd’hui exercée par de nouvelles catégories d’acteurs, via des canaux multiples et selon les formes variées. Si ces personnalités ou ces groupes ne sont pas forcément des professionnels du champ ni associés à un État, cela ne signifie pas qu’ils ne sachent développer une expertise à cet égard, ou qu’ils ne puissent être à l’origine d’initiatives stimulantes, voire de succès notoires.

Contributions

À titre indicatif, les contributions pourraient ainsi traiter des thèmes suivants :

  • Les biais induits par les approches traditionnelles dans l’analyse du monde arabe (prise en compte des seuls intérêts des régimes, impacts analytiques par exemple à travers des grilles de lecture globalisantes comme l’opposition sunnites-chiites…).
  • La prise en compte d’aires géographiques dont les interactions avec le monde arabe sont moins connues (par exemple les interactions entre pays dits non-alignés) ou plus récentes, en étudiant en particulier la manière dont des acteurs des pays émergents (Afrique, Asie…) construisent une diplomatie à l’égard des pays arabes. Les contributions sur les relations intra-régionales ou Sud-Sud permettront de sortir du cadre souvent dominant en relations internationales des rapports entre Orient et Occident.
  • Les catégories d’acteurs qui interfèrent avec les politiques des États : organisations internationales (ONU, Banque mondiale, HCR…), régionales (UE, Ligue arabe), les acteurs économiques (cf. affaire Lafarge en Syrie), les groupes de pression, les groupes d’amitié parlementaire, les municipalités, les initiatives populaires, mais aussi les dynamiques transnationales à travers les ONG, la société civile, les diasporas…
  • La « fabrique » d’un agenda politique par ces acteurs, et la manière dont celui-ci interagit avec d’autres, et en particulier avec les États (renforcement ou concurrence ?) : selon les cas, ils peuvent être en mesure d’influer, de conforter ou de renverser une situation.

L’ensemble de ces contributions, et la publication collective qui fera suite à ce colloque, permettront de consolider des thématiques de recherches pour l’heure embryonnaires.

Les propositions de contributions (3 000 signes maximum) doivent être assorties d’une courte bibliographie et d’un résumé de CV du ou des intervenants.

Elles peuvent être rédigées en français, anglais ou arabe.

Elles doivent être envoyées avant le 15 juillet 2018 à l’adresse : buroccmo@gmail.com

Plus d’information sur l’appel à communications via le lien ci-dessus.

Bassem Chit Fellowship for the Study of Activism – Lebanon

The Bassem Chit fellowship for the study of activism is a one-year post doctoral fellowship based in Beirut, Lebanon. The fellowship is a joint initiative of Lebanon Support, the Arab Council for the Social Sciences, the Orient-Institut Beirut, and Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Beirut Office. The fellowship aims to give early career scholars (0-3 years out of the Phd) in  the social sciences the opportunity to conduct research on activism in the Arab world. The Bassem Chit fellowship accepts proposals in Arabic, English, or French.

Disciplinary and Thematic Focus:​

The Bassem Chit Fellowship program aims at targeting scholars in the social sciences, particularly in the fields of political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, education, demography, media and cultural studies, among others. We also encourage applications from the humanities, including applications covering literature, cultural studies, history, philosophy and arts.

During the fellowship, the scholar will be requested to:​
  • Assist in Lebanon Support’s mapping of collective actions and produce quarterly digests
  • Produce an in-depth research paper on their research topic to be published on Lebanon Support’s Civil Society Knowledge Centre
  • Organise a round table at the OIB around their research
  • Participate and present a paper at the ACSS Fourth Conference that will be held  on April 12-14 2019
  • Organise a round table event on issues pertaining to collective action at Lebanon Support.

The fellowship duration is 12 months, and the earliest starting date is September 2018.

Eligibility criteria:
  • Citizens or nationals of an Arab country: An Arab country is defined by its membership in the League of Arab States. The term “national” refers to full-time and long-term residents of an Arab State, including those who do not have citizenship, as in the case of stateless refugees. Arab scholars residing outside the region at the time of application would be eligible only if they hold an Arab citizenship and are not in a tenure-track position and/or do not have access to research resources from their institution and/or country of residence. Accepted fellows are required to spend their 12 months fellowship period in Beirut at Lebanon Support’s offices.
  • Junior scholars (0-3 years out of the Phd) who have a doctoral degree in a social science or humanities discipline (obtained from within or outside the Arab region). Applicants who did not obtain their PhDs at the time of application will be ineligible.
  • Have high quality academic credentials including proficiency in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods. Applicants are required to submit a proposal (10-15 pages) building on their doctoral dissertation. Proposals that are not based on or not relevant to the applicant’s PhD dissertation will be disqualified. Proposals should highlight the applicant’s academic credentials and outline a research problem. Applicants should also provide a publications plan in addition to a 3-year career plan.
  • Have versatility to take on organisational roles when required, and the ability to work independently as well as with teams as outlined.
Timeline:
  • June 20, 2018: Application forms are available online.

July 15, 2018: Deadline for submissions.

  • Last week of July 2018: Decisions are communicated to applicants.
  • August 2018: Accepted applicants sign their contracts.
  • September 2018: Fellowship starts.
  • April 2019: Present at the ACSS Fourth Biennial Conference in Beirut-Lebanon.

For more information, please visit the offer’s page (link above).

Seminar Paris 8

Book launch

Anthropology of Law in Muslim Sudan. Land, Courts and the Plurality of Practices (Brill 2018)

Mardi 19 juin 2018, à 17h
EHESS, 105 Boulevard Raspail, salle 13

La dernière séance du séminaire annuel « Anthropologie comparative des sociétés et cultures musulmanes » sera consacrée à la présentation de l’ouvrage Anthropology of Law in Muslim Sudan. Land, Courts and the Plurality of Practices (Brill 2018). Résultat d’enquêtes menées dans le cadre du projet ANR ANDROMAQUE – Anthropologie du Droit dans les Mondes Musulmans Africains et Asiatiques (2011-2014), le volume analyse le caractère hybride des systèmes juridiques et la pluralité des pratiques légales dans des contextes urbains et ruraux du Soudan contemporain, en interrogeant la relation complexe entre islam et société. La séance sera animée par les coéditeurs, Barbara Casciarri et Mohamed Babiker (Department of Law, University of Khartoum) avec la participation de Munzoul Assal et Mohamed Bakhit (Department of Social Anthropology, University of Khartoum).

Séminaire de l’équipe « Anthropologie comparative des sociétés et cultures musulmanes » (LAS)

Organisateurs : Yazid Ben Hounet (Chercheur CNRS – LAS), Anne-Marie Brisebarre (Directrice de recherche CNRS émérite, LAS), Barbara Casciarri (MCF HDR, Paris 8), Tarik Dahou (Chercheur HDR, IRD) et Marie-Luce Gélard (MCF HDR, Paris 5).

Vladimir Cayol: Scientific assistant and intern in CEDEJ

Vladimir Cayol holds a master’s degree in the field of Africa and the Middle East and International Cooperation from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has been an intern in CEDEJ Khartoum where he has been assisting the coordinator with administrative tasks, and also working on migration issues from September 2017 to April 2018. He started working on this topic in EHESS while writing a research paper on the migration of Soninke people for his master’s degree in Anthropology.

In Sudan, his researches focused on the European Union’s migration policies and more specifically on the implementation of the European Union Trust Fund. This financial tool, which was financed by 3.4 Billion euros, aims at “addressing root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement”, protecting migrants along the migratory roads, and fighting against criminal networks which organize illegal migration. Vladimir organized a seminar at CEDEJ to present his work.

Dr Anne-Laure Mahé, lauréate du prix Bélanger-Andrew

(English below)

Anne-Laure Mahé a soutenu avec succès sa thèse de doctorat le 13 décembre dernier. Intitulée «Négocier la domination autoritaire au Soudan : Développement participatif et dynamiques de pouvoir dans la province du Nord Kordofan», la thèse a été réalisée sous la direction de Mamoudou Gazibo à l’Université de Montréal. Le jury lui a unanimement décerné la mention « exceptionnelle ».

La nouvelle docteure a reçu il y a quelques jours le prix Bélanger-Andrew  qui récompense une thèse de doctorat rédigée en français par un-e étudiant-e inscrit-e dans un département canadien de science politique et soutenue dans la dernière année, et s’accompagne d’une bourse de 1000$.

Nous félicitons chaleureusement Anne-Laure qui avait effectué deux séjours de recherche au Soudan avec le soutien du CEDEJ Khartoum en 2016 !

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Anne-Laure Mahé successfully defended her thesis in December 2017 on «Négocier la domination autoritaire au Soudan : Développement participatif et dynamiques de pouvoir dans la province du Nord Kordofan» at the University of Montréal. Her thesis was of exceptional quality according to the examiners.

She was awarded a few days ago the Belanger-Andrew prize which rewards a science political thesis written in French by a Phd student of a Canadian university. The award comes with a 1000$ scholarship.

We extend our warmest congratulations to Anne-Laure who was an associate researcher in CEDEJ Khartoum in 2016 !

 

JOB OFFER: Program specialist for the International migration initiative (IMI) at the Open Society Foundations – London

The Open Society Foundations seeks a Program Specialist to provide support to the International Migration Initiative (IMI), and specifically to its Fair Work program area. IMI seeks a dynamic and committed program specialist to support the design, planning and implementation of IMI’s Fair Work program area. The position requires knowledge of labor migration issues as well as passion to improve the situation of migrant workers as part of a broader movement for economic, gender and racial justice.

IMI’s Fair Work program area’s strategy aims to improve government policies and business practices to ensure a fair deal for migrant workers; to build migrant workers’ voice, power, and influence through organizing activities and coalition-building, and to challenge the culture of impunity by expanding migrants’ access to legal remedies.

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Supporting programmatic efforts by conducting a wide range of activities related to the grant making process as well as analytical work in support of strategy development and the design and evaluation of program work.
  • Keeping abreast of key issues and developments in the labor migration field.
  • Assessing partner organizations, including evaluating aspects of their financial health.
  • Administrative responsibilities.
  • Developing concept notes, agendas, and other materials for convenings.
  • Participate in preparing and presenting portfolio reviews.

Candidate Profile:

  • 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in a situation relevant to the duties of this role is typically required to develop the skills required for this role.
  • Knowledgeable on issues relating to labor migration, workers’ rights and worker organizing.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication in English.
  • Highly skilled in researching, processing large amounts of information, and analyzing its importance in informing OSF programs and strategies.
  • Ability to recognize and work effectively in compliance with internal policies and external constraints.
  • Organized; strong project management ability; self-directed on work initiatives; strong attention to detail.

Application deadline : June 11, 2018

Interested candidates should attach to their application a cover letter and a curriculum vitae. All call for applications at the Open Society Foundations are open to women and men of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. The IMI Department is committed to  providing reasonable accommodations so that people with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.

For more information, please visit the offer’s page (link above).

Seminar: Faculty of Economic and Social Studies -Department of Anthropology and CEDEJ Khartoum

Dear all:

We are very pleasured to announce our next Seminar , in collaboration with CEDEJ Khartoum, which will be presented by Dr.Enrico Ille; a social and cultural Anthropologist, under the title :

« The fate of date palms in the northern Sudan’s landscapes of vulnerabilities »

The seminar will be on Wednesday 2/5/2018, 12:00 at Postgraduate Room in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology.

Kindly find below an Abstract of the presentation.

Looking forward to see you all there!

The fate of date palms in the northern Sudan’s landscapes of vulnerabilities
Dr. Enrico Ille, in collaboration with Mohamed Salah

(Vulnerability, as being accessible to harmful acts without having adequate defence, is neither spatially nor temporally monolithic. Humans and other living beings are, for instance, variably exposed to potential or actual harm, i.e. the loss of something that is relevant for well-being. In addition, experienced harm can influence the expectation of harm and vice-versa, which informs a very specific, intersubjective or even individual situation and perception of vulnerability.

In this presentation, the subsequent complex dynamics are described as landscape where different vulnerabilities coincide. This conceptual language is used to discuss socio-ecological developments in northern Sudan, specifically the residential areas around the Third Nile Cataract. The observational focus is on the changing fate of date palms since the beginning of the 20th century. Their socio-ecological status vis-à-vis the human resident population is taken as trace element to qualify what kind of loss occurs when date palms experience harm, i.e. what other vulnerabilities are intertwined with their own vulnerability. This enables to discuss recent threats that became politically charged, such as flodding, fires, pests and pollution, in a way that is both critical and differentiated. By treating neither date palm nor human populations in monolithic terms, retracing vulnerabilities may open alternative perspectives on politico-ecological processes and contribute to adequate responses.)